2018 American League Debuts

Willie Mays played his first Major League game on May 25, 1951, and went 0-for-5 at the plate. He started his career 1-for-25 and told his manager, "I can't do it, Mr. Leo. You better bench me."

Casey Stengel played his first Major League game on July 27, 1912, and went 4-for-4 at the plate. He commented later in his life, "I broke in with four hits and the writers promptly decided they had seen the new Ty Cobb. It took me only a few days to correct that impression."

Both Mays and Stengel would continue their Major League careers down separate paths of greatness, but each still had to appear in that memorable first Major League game. Baseball Almanac is pleased to present what Cubs broadcaster Steve Stone once described as, "His first Major League debut."

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"Always be cautious about rookie performances in September. They don't indicate what will happen in April." - Texas Rangers General Manager Tom Grieve

2018 American League Debuts

2018 A.L. Rookies | 2018 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

38
03-31-2018
24
49
08-01-2018
25
51
03-31-2018
23
51
06-29-2018
25
41
05-12-2018
24
67
09-26-2018
25
52
06-29-2018
24
3
08-10-2018
23
59
09-07-2018
22
32
06-13-2018
24
65
08-28-2018
24
62
09-12-2018
24
12
04-13-2018
23
12
06-20-2018
26
61
06-05-2018
27
68
06-07-2018
24
66
03-31-2018
25
64
04-01-2018
29
61
08-23-2018
24
49
09-03-2018
26
67
09-02-2018
25
60
05-26-2018
25
63
08-31-2018
23
34
08-21-2018
22
18
04-25-2018
26
41
05-28-2018
28
57
05-31-2018
23
38
09-02-2018
25
62
06-04-2018
24
31
04-01-2018
27
70
09-23-2018
24
13
04-20-2018
25
17
05-06-2018
25
64
09-15-2018
25
18
08-30-2018
23
22
04-01-2018
23
60
05-31-2018
26
14
09-09-2018
24
56
09-14-2018
25
67
09-05-2018
24
63
09-01-2018
25
59
07-11-2018
22
26
09-15-2018
23
3
07-07-2018
21
65
08-21-2018
24
50
05-05-2018
26
58
04-30-2018
25
49
06-24-2018
24
54
03-29-2018
28
56
03-29-2018
22
68
08-20-2018
23
66
07-31-2018
25
34
04-28-2018
25
62
04-25-2018
25
72
09-02-2018
21
38
04-23-2018
25
37
07-26-2018
28
65
03-31-2018
27
51
04-11-2018
21
10
05-26-2018
25
31
08-16-2018
25
20
06-08-2018
30
6
06-13-2018
24
59
05-18-2018
23
44
09-08-2018
27
36
08-07-2018
26
74
06-16-2018
25
18
09-19-2018
28
73
08-16-2018
25
17
03-29-2018
23
3
08-14-2018
24
64
06-30-2018
26
60
05-19-2018
25
59
08-20-2018
24
61
04-07-2018
27
52
06-05-2018
22
77
05-02-2018
23
53
08-12-2018
23
62
09-01-2018
24
43
08-04-2018
23
38
06-15-2018
23
39
03-30-2018
23
61
09-19-2018
22
71
09-02-2018
25
25
04-22-2018
21
56
07-13-2018
31
22
08-03-2018
24
38
06-06-2018
27
46
09-01-2018
28
62
04-17-2018
26
57
05-23-2018
27
67
07-14-2018
25
1
05-22-2018
22
9
06-07-2018
22
63
06-06-2018
24
72
04-01-2018
24
19
09-03-2018
23
10
04-14-2018
26
35
08-05-2018
24
43
07-26-2018
25
57
05-29-2018
26
11
09-02-2018
24
6
07-21-2018
22
48
03-31-2018
26
67
04-13-2018
23
57
05-19-2018
22
9
04-10-2018
23
52
05-13-2018
33
64
09-05-2018
23
59
09-01-2018
26
54
07-31-2018
25
15
03-31-2018
22
71
06-15-2018
25
64
09-26-2018
28
56
06-26-2018
24
67
09-05-2018
26
50
09-01-2018
25
65
09-01-2018
25
13
04-20-2018
24
9
08-13-2018
23
70
09-06-2018
23
45
08-10-2018
24
54
08-13-2018
22
66
08-19-2018
25
64
08-27-2018
31
68
09-05-2018
23
2018 American League Debuts
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Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the American League during the 2018 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

Did you know that Future hall of famer Addie Joss made his Major League pitching debut on April 26, 1902 and tossed a one hitter?

Five-for-five debuts? Believe it or not it has happened twice: On June 30, 1894 Fred Clarke of the Louisville Colonels and on May 16, 1933, Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators made their Major League debuts and both went five-for-five at the plate.

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